5621 Main St, New Port Richey, FL 34652
On March 4, 1926, James E. Meighan, brother to Thomas Meighan, leading man of the silver screen throughout the 20s and 30s, donated land for the construction of a new Spanish Colonial Revival-style hotel befitting New Port Richey’s growing popularity with arts, society, and sports luminaries. 96 years ago on February 5, 1927, Ed Wynn acted as the master of ceremonies for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of The Hacienda Hotel in New Port Richey. The Hacienda and New Port Richey became known as “Hollywood East” due to the celebrities that enjoyed the town and hotel, including reported sightings of Thomas Meighan, Gloria Swanson, Lupe Velez, Charlie Chaplin, and Ann Harding, among other notables. The Hacienda was a popular gathering spot for sports and entertainment figures for many years.
Celebrities at the Hacienda Hotel in New Port Richey. Left to right: Mrs. George R. Sims (the former Marjorie Bartlett Byington), Mrs. Thomas Meighan (the former Frances Ring), Gene Sarazen (one of the greatest golfers in the world in the 1920s and 1930s), George R. Sims (the founder of New Port Richey, wearing the hat), Mrs. Raymond Hitchcock (the former Flora Zabelle, seated), Earl Benham (actor, song writer and a custom tailor for entertainers), Mrs. Earl Benham (the former Christine Mangasarian), Mrs. Gene Sarazen (the former Mary Peck). This photo was probably taken in late 1927. Photo courtesy of Peter Altman & West Pasco Historical Society
The Hotel closed in the 1970s, and in 1986, the building reopened as the Hacienda Home for Special Services. Later the hotel was then empty for years. The City of New Port Richey became owners when the building was abandoned.
After years of the hotel being closed and four years of a multimillion-dollar restoration, the historic Hacienda Hotel opened again to guests this past September.
Let’s take a look at the restored interiors. As many of the original details as possible were saved. The first floor lobby and public areas are beautiful. The lobby fireplace is a perfect example of restoration.
Like an archeologist carefully uncovering an artifact, the crew carefully cleaned and renewed the 1927 fireplace. This process took over a week due to the intricate details. Both the fireplace, and the process of restoring it are truly works of art…and love.
Each chandelier was restored and rehung.
Let’s go upstairs and see a guest room.
This Queen Room overlooks the courtyard.
There are plenty of views from the windows as The Hacienda is located next to Sims Park and the ‘Cotee River.
The Hacienda has participated in Downtown New Port Richey events such as a Halloween stop for children trick-or-treating. Santa was there for children to visit one weekend in December. Their restaurant offers fine dining with special menus for holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. It’s becoming very popular with the local residents.
On Sunday, February 5, 2023, the hotel celebrated its 96th birthday and restoration with a special ribbon cutting with those who helped to bring The Hacienda back to its original glory .
If you visit central Florida and Tampa Bay, take a drive to New Port Richey and have a drink at The Hacienda. They’d love to see you.
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